MENTORING THE YOUNG GENERATION – Passion, self-confidence, community.

  • Mentoring the young generation can have a profound influence during their challenging teen years and into adulthood.

  • Mentoring can help empower them to take control and command of their endeavours.

  • We can look forward to watching this generation find their passions, gain self-confidence, and build community.

The current young generation, Generation Z, is under enormous pressure.

They can use help to gain the ability to communicate, show leadership and make the changes that they realize are important to their future.


  • Help them develop key internal strengths.

  • Help them to develop self-awareness, curiosity, creativity, integrity, empathy, sociability, resilience, and resourcefulness.

Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell is an author and youth development expert.

She has published many articles and books about positive youth development including youth mentoring.

You can find a helpful article, “Youth Mentoring Rocks! How Teens Find Great Mentors” at


When working in group sessions there are many suggested approaches that can be used.

They can be encouraged to work together, help each other and build community.

You can find approaches listed in the post found at


The latest generation, Generation Z, were born between 1998 and 2016.

Here are some facts about this generation.

  • Gen Zs are tech savvy.

  • They are bright and their IQ scores are higher than previous generations.

  • Their lives are shaped by the Internet and technology.

  • They are affected by the awareness of war, terrorism, recession, social media, and the emergence of “fake news”.

  • Social media has connected them globally to like-minded peers. The internet has connected them globally to knowledge.

  • In the USA they are the most racially diverse generation.

  • Their worldview is different from the generations before them.

  • Their rate of anxiety and depression has increased dramatically in the past few years.

Outside of North America, the rest of the world has not had the same exposure to the internet.

But those in other areas are catching up and there will likely be more Gen Zs in other countries soon.


Recently I listened to a podcast involving four young influencers who were between 18 – 20 years.

They mentioned that their generation:

  • likes face-to-face communication;
  • needs to gain self-confidence, which is not normally offered in traditional education;

  • can be encouraged to find and discover their interests and passions;

  • needs help to learn to cope with the naysayers who think children should not be activists;

  • are willing to partner with adults. Note partner, not be lectured to by adults;

  • are looking for genuine results-oriented mentors who will share their stories and assist them.

Generation Z is under enormous pressure and they could use help. 


  • Listen and discuss their ideas and goals.

  • Treat their ideas and them with respect.

  • Work with them as partners, not the traditional adult/child relationship.

  • Help them grow and help them evolve.

Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell has stated,

When supportive adults quietly attend to the development of these core abilities, the results are transformative for young people.

Adolescents emerge as young adults ready to chart their own paths through life.”

We can encourage and assist the younger generation to find appropriate mentors.


It has been demonstrated that our youth learn the desired skills from youth group sessions.

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There is a guide available which assists parents and others working with youth.

The guide enables a person to be proactive in the success of a child’s future.

It contains activities to assist youth to gain critical soft skills.

They will become more resourceful and independent when they practice and gain these skills.

The guide is available from Our Future Leaders.

Request the Parent’s Guide here


Fred Jones

Victoria, BC Canada

Fred Jones

Fred Jones

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  1. Again, a wonderful sharing of ideas. My view is that we must be careful with the idea of children partnering with their parents at too early an age. We don’t want to see them losing their childhood and what should be those innocent years of experiencing growth and discovery. Partner implies equals. A child is still in development and needs role models, mentoring, coaching, and yes, even instruction, teaching and guidelines. The parent has responsibilities to their child’s development and a child needs that security as they grow. I would hope that it is a more loving and learning relationship than “partners,” In a good parent/child relationship that partnership will evolve over time as the child moves through their teen years into adulthood.

  2. Hi Maureen,

    Thank you for your comments.

    Definitely, agree with you regarding parenting which is a delicate balancing act at the best of times.

    The lady to which I referred, Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell has some interesting comments on how third-party adults can have very positive impacts on youth, particularly adolescents.

    Greatly appreciated, hearing from you as always.

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